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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and legal expert Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.
Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.
Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com
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The Docket Michael Spratt and Emilie Taman

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Criminal lawyer Michael Spratt and legal expert Emilie Taman discuss issues at the intersection of law, politics, and policy. What happens in our courts and the halls of power affects you.
Feed your brain with answers to your most burning political and legal questions.
Check out more at: www.michaelspratt.com
And join the Docket's discord channel to chat and listen to live recordings: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Another minimum sentence bites the dust

    Another minimum sentence bites the dust

    So, episode 113 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    It happened again. Another minimum sentence was found unconstitutional. This time, in a case before Ontario Court Justice six women from the Pikangikum First Nation pleaded guilty to impaired-driving offences, and in a joint hearing, brought a constitutional challenge to minimum jail sentences because, in practical terms, they couldn’t serve them on weekends, as other people do. The jail was too far away from the remote First Nation.

    You can read the decision here: R. v. Turtle, 2020 ONCJ 429
    The federal government promised to reform Canada’s minimum sentence laws, but since they first made the promise in 2015, they have done nothing. We better not let Joe Biden beat us to the punch!

    And then we talk about the wrongful conviction of Guy Paul Morin. Last week the Toronto Police announced that they solved one of Canada’s most troubling wrongful conviction cases, the 1984 killing of nine-year-old Christine Jessop. It was a backslapping press conference that glossed over the police and Crown’s role in once of Canada’s worst miscarriage of justice.

    The police don’t want to talk about it, so we will.

    You can read Justice Kaufman’s report on the wrongful conviction here: Report of the Kaufman Commission on Proceedings Involving Guy Paul Morin

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Also a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 54 min
    Tony Doob on solitary confinement

    Tony Doob on solitary confinement

    So, episode 112 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    Before we jump into our interview with professor Anthony Doob we take a moment to remember United States Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg and talk about what will be a contentious confirmation process for the next Trump Supreme Court appointment.

    Also, it seems like Mike won some awards - being named the Best Lawyer and being recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada!

    Then on the the interview put interview with professor Doob. Anthony Doob is an important voice in the criminal justice debate. Professor emeritus and a long-serving director of the Centre of Criminology at the University of Toronto, he is highly regarded for his research into our justice system.

    Last year, Doob was appointed as chair of the panel of independent researchers appointed to review reforms to solitary confinement in Canada’s prisons. There was no review because corrections refused to provide the panel with any data.

    Then Doob when public….

    P.S. Listen to the end for some bonus talk on minimum sentence and pardon reform!

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Finally, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Andrew Coyne on government ethics

    Andrew Coyne on government ethics

    So, episode 111 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    It is time to talk about government ethics.

    From Duffy, to the Aga Khan, to SNC Lavalin, to WE - why all the scandals? Are there legislative fixes to be fund in the Ethics Act, or the Lobbying Act, or the Criminal Code?

    Is this all normal?

    This episode we are joined one of our favourite pundits and columnists Andrew Coyne (13:20) to look at Ottawa and its problems wit ethics.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

    Also a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    WE Scandal and an Interview with Nader Hasan

    WE Scandal and an Interview with Nader Hasan

    So, episode 110 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

    Also a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    It is time to talk about the WE scandal, so we break down some highlights from Trudeau’s testimony before the Finance Committee.

    Then we are joined by legal superstar Nader Hasan to talk about his most recent case where the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down Steven Harper’s restrictions on the availability conditional (house arrest) sentences, Yep, another Harper law bites the dust.

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Can the Government Halt the Meng Extradition and Should They?

    Can the Government Halt the Meng Extradition and Should They?

    So, episode 109 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    For the past year the Canadian government and Minister of Justice David Lametti have been clear that they don’t have the power to stop the extradition proceedings against Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou.

    “Canada has an independent judicial system that functions without interference or override by politicians,” Trudeau told reporters during one of his daily press conferences on COVID-19.

    The Department of Justice told investigative journalist Justin Ling that "the Minister does not personally make any decisions related to an extradition proceeding until and unless the judge commits the person for extradition."

    And David Lametti told the Toronto Star that he could not politicize the legal process, “as a matter of a political decision, created what I think is an excellent process, which is to say a section in the government will treat this [Meng] case neutrally as it runs through the courts, and the minister of justice will not have any say in the matter.”

    But, the recent release of a legal opinion provided to the government by criminal lawyer and extradition expert Brian Greenspan, supported by Allan Rock, a former Liberal justice minister, and by former Supreme Court justice Louise Arbour, among others, persuasively exposes the government’s prevarications about their authority and powers in the Meng case.

    This episode we sit down with Brian Greenspan to talk about is legal opinion and discuss why the government is wrong when it says it can’t act and talk about why they maybe should
    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom. 

    Remember, you can join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

    Also a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Extreme Intoxication, Entrapment, and Police Brutality

    Extreme Intoxication, Entrapment, and Police Brutality

    So, episode 108 - a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast - right? You should.

    I has been a frustrating week.

    We start with a discussion about the protests that have swept the world following the tragic murder of George Floyd by the police and the hypocrisy of politicians.

    Speaking of politicians, we move on to talk about the misrepresentations about a recent Ontario Court of Appeal case that found the Criminal Code’ prohibition on the defence of extreme intoxication unconstitutional. It all started with headlines that falsely claimed that the Court of Appeal ruled that being drunk was a defence to sexual assault. The NDP started a petition, and again misrepresented the issue. The issue is complicated. The constitutional considerations are intricate. And sexual violence is a big problem. But misrepresentations can do damage - so we break it all down.

    We end thing off taking about a recent Supreme Court of Canada case on dial-a-dop entrapment schemes. Should police detect crimes or create them?

    Remember, you can self-isolate in The Docket’s Discord chatroom.  Join the Discord channel, take part in  the ongoing chat, and listen to live recordings with this link: https://discord.gg/2TzUamZ

    Hey look we have a sponsor! Let the podcast money start rolling in! But seriously a huge thanks to Emond Publishing!

    And we have a new sponsor - listen carefully for an important message from good friend of the podcast Peter Sankoff.

    And as always, a huge thanks to my firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners who have not murdered me for editing the podcast at work!

    • 1 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

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325 Ratings

325 Ratings

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